Republicans Fooled Americans Again To Eliminate Women’s Reproductive Rights

Most Americans are familiar with the adage, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” Unfortunately, even though Americans are aware they were fooled in the 2010 midterm elections, particularly American women, they were fooled again and gave Republicans control of Congress. It is the epitome of Einstein’s famous quote that “insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.” It is also the epitome of stupid and if nothing else, the results of the 2014 midterms revealed that for the most part Americans are inherently stupid people.

In the lead up to the 2014 midterms, exactly like the 2010 midterms, Republicans pledged that if they won control of Congress, they would focus on jobs and growing the economy. In fact, the day Mitch McConnell was sworn in as Senate Majority Leader, he had the temerity to say that now “Serious adults are in charge here, and we intend to make progress.”

The House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), openly stated that “We’re focused on job creation and running a more efficient, effective, accountable government.” That stated focus was a lie, but that is what Republicans are known for and yet Americans elected them anyway.

Both McCarthy and McConnell’s assertions sounded precisely like Republicans in 2011 when they took control of the House, and yet the first items on their agenda besides taking steps to slash Social Security, give the Kochs and John Boehner a pipeline gift, were attacks on women’s reproductive rights.

Not only are Republicans not ‘adults or focused on job creation’ or the least bit concerned about running a more ‘efficient government,’ they are dirty liars. Maybe they adhere to Willard Romney’s Mormon principle that ‘lying for the lord’ is not a violation of the Ninth Commandment, just a necessary evil to impose religion on the people.

Instead of introducing legislation to create jobs, or help Americans struggling in an economy created for the benefit of the rich, on the first day of the 114th Congress Republicans introduced five separate bills restricting women’s reproductive rights; something they did not pledge would be at the top of their legislative agenda. Although, to be fair, Mitch McConnell did in fact promise to use a “more efficient, effective, accountable government” to attack women’s reproductive choices as part of their sworn allegiance to the religious right and hasten America’s theocratic lurch. It is just more Republican hypocrisy of claiming to wage war on government intrusion into Americans’ personal lives, and then using religious legislation to intrude on women’s personal lives.

In the House, Republicans Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced an abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy; the same bill the House passed two years ago. The outrageously absurd religious legislation, The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is dependent on the personhood and evangelical movement’s disproven half-wit claim that a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks. This is despite all known biological scientific data showing that a fetus’s nervous system is no more developed to feel pain at that gestational period than it can experience the luscious aroma of a gourmet chef’s signature dish.

One thing is indisputable; there is no way in proverbial Hell that banning abortion at 20 weeks is fulfilling the Republican pledge to sharply focus on “job creation and running a more efficient, effective, accountable government.” It is why Americans who voted for lying Republicans should be shamed mercilessly because they were easily fooled twice within a four year span.

Not to be outdone by House theocrats, Republican Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the morally upright Christian notorious for championing moral crusades and frequenting a Washington D.C. prostitution ring, introduced four different bills restricting women’s reproductive rights. Vitter’s first offering bans Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funding for family planning work like pregnancy counseling, cancer screenings, and advising women on effective means of contraception.

Another one of Vitter’s evangelical bills is the Texas-style requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The evangelical scheme makes it nearly impossible for women and physicians in rural areas with limited proximity to hospitals to exercise their legal reproductive choice. It is noteworthy that the mortality rate from regularly-ordered colonoscopies that do not require hospital admitting privileges is 40 times higher than for abortions, but patient safety was never the issue; imposing evangelical’s religion on American women is.

Vitter’s other bill allows any doctor, hospital, or nurse to nix any “abortion-related care” regardless the threat to the life of the mother.  The other religious bill from Vitter is a farcical ban on non-existent “sex-selective abortions which is a purely fictional boogieman invented by anti-abortion opponents” to portray women’s reproductive choices as driven by sheer vanity.

Now, according to McConnell, passing all these purely religious bills are crucial because “There’s no reason our constituents should be kept from having their voices heard on this (religious) issue in the Senate. I look forward to the Senate passing similar (religious) legislation to the House in the next Congress.” However, not only are these theocratic bills not what the people voted for, they are contrary to what the voting public stressed was most important to them.

For example, in 2014 election polls, the overwhelming majority of voters said the economy is the most crucial issue facing the country; not abortion, not slashing Social Security, and not rigging the CBO to raise taxes on the poor and cut taxes for the rich.  In fact, 63% of all voters complained that the economic system unfairly favors the rich. Voters wanted Republicans to join with President Obama and compromise on solutions for more higher-paying jobs and economic growth that benefitted working Americans. Instead, lying Republicans immediately offered up five bills attacking women’s reproductive choices that the majority of Americans oppose.

For example, election polling revealed that 52% of Americans said abortion should be legal in all cases and that included Republican voters. In other polls unrelated to the 2014 midterm elections, surveys reveal that the majority of Americans, 7 in 10, support legal abortion as a woman’s rightful, and legal, personal choice. Republicans could not care less what the majority of  Americans support because they are pandering to the religious right who did, as this column warned, showed up en masse to vote to push their notion of a theocratic America down the throats of the people.

Republicans were careful this election cycle to keep their anti-women religious extremism in check and it worked to fool most voters. It is astounding that Americans, particularly women, fell for the ruse and actually believed that this time Republicans were serious that their only focus was creating jobs, strengthening the economy, and attacking income inequality voters complained favors the rich. Instead, Republicans began precisely the same way they did in 2011 and attacked women’s reproductive rights; and they are just getting started.

No American should be surprised when Republicans again introduce the evangelical ‘fetal personhood’ bill(s) again with a view to criminalize legal abortions and all contraceptives. Many of the new Republican senators strongly support an obscene idea that at the moment of conception, the single-celled zygote is a person worthy of citizenship and all Constitutional rights over those of the woman carrying the zygote. It is worth noting, again, that according to the evangelicals’ Christian bible in Genesis 2:7, their almighty god utters the natural fact that until a fetus exits the womb and “breathes air,” it is not a living being. But no-one in their right mind believes evangelicals have read any part of the religious book save the prohibition on gays.

The fact that Americans were easily fooled by Republicans again does not reveal their naïveté, but their rank stupidity. And according to Albert Einstein, a very healthy dose of insanity. Because Americans fell for the same lies and deception Republicans used in 2010 and are again witnessing a Republican Congress launch a rash of assaults on women’s reproductive rights as one of their first orders of business.

One thing is certain, the religious right voters who showed up at the polls knew Republicans were lying for the lord by pledging to focus on jobs and the economy; all to hasten America’s rush toward theocracy and to control women. Shame on Republicans for fooling the people in 2010, but shame on Americans for getting fooled again by pathological liars claiming to be righteously religious Republicans. It is going to be a very hazardous two years for women, and considering they make up over half the population, shame on them for failing to vote.

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32 Replies to “Republicans Fooled Americans Again To Eliminate Women’s Reproductive Rights”

  1. They are not going to stop just with abortion. Mark my words the pill is next on their list

    March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the nonprofit that organizes the annual protest, identified oral birth control as a form of abortion in a lawsuit filed [last] July. With the suit, which is ongoing, March for Life is fighting for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act mandate that all private employers provide contraception coverage.
    In its suit, the group argues that oral contraception and vaginal rings cause abortions, referring to them as “abortifacients” (something that induces an abortion).

    The Group Behind America’s Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says Birth Control Causes Abortions

    “It turns the March for Life into the March to Ban Birth Control.”

    You were warned America but being the idiots that you are you didn’t listen.
    How’s that IPhone working out

  2. I’d like to give a big thank you to all the Democrats who stayed home because they think the “parties are all the same.”

    As far as I can tell, there’s only one party trying to take away the rights of women to determine their own reproductive destiny – and it ain’t the Democrats.

  3. “It is astounding that Americans, particularly women, fell for the ruse and actually believed that this time Republicans were serious …”

    I’ve never understood it. How any woman could vote Republican is beyond me. But I don’t understand how anyone can vote Republican.

  4. Paws, I agree with you. I thought that for SURE women would get out and vote in 2014 against these asshats that want to control our reproductive rights, or lack thereof. But apparently it wasn’t that important to them.

    Granted there was a lot of voter suppression, but THIS? We handed power to the idiots on a silver platter. Some people just don’t learn.

  5. Just think of the potential number of democratic voters that will be around in 18 years……isn’t that a win?

  6. How will there be all those new voters in 18 years when the GOP’s message to women is “Don’t touch anybody ever!”

  7. How could anyone be surprised by any of this?
    This is what Republicans do and will continue to do as long as they have control. Wake up people…

  8. I read somewhere that “Every nation has a government that it deserves.” Thanks to the GOP supporters we got what we deserve. Dems didn’t come out and the Repukes were foolish enough to believe them. Now we all must suffer.

  9. Big Government Republicans taking women’s freedom away little by little. Next year, the republicans will take your birth control away. They want to tell you when and where and how you should have sexual intercourse.

    The men that is for this…….SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN ANY SEX…..or he can get castrated, well the lesser is a vasectomy!

  10. Self-righteousness is a hell of a drug.

    The GOP has mastered the art of making dumb and ignorant people feel smug and better than all those smarty pantses because the GOP tells them that they’re really the best sort of people – the real Americans, the true patriots; the people with the noblest morals because they’re religious; more hard-working than those lazy Other People; because they have “common sense” which is just as good as years of study and experience…

    I’m sure you can add to the list.

    It’s an identity thing – not voting Republican for these people would require abandoning their self image of being Righteous even though everyone else thinks they’re a bunch of dumb bunnies and religious pricks.
    I R 2 SMRT!!1!!

  11. maybe we need to look outside the box, rather then a religious issue, what about from a business point of view.
    these bills are nothing more then a regulation telling a business owner how to run his business. a regulation that will cost the owner money, time, lost opportunities. I thought the republicans hated regulations.
    in regards to the religious issue, if you don’t want one, don’t get one.

  12. Tim, just as you suggested with the illegal immigrants, you are again suggesting that all of those saved babies will vote as a democrate, statistically 45-55% will be a republican. think of all the republicans you have saved.

  13. We all know there is no honor among thieves…
    To paraphrase….
    “Beware of Republicans bearing gifts”

  14. I’ve been saying the same thing for years and people just smirk and say “yeah right”. Now that the chickens are coming home to roost, many of the young folks I know are paying attention. Now to just get that attention translated into VOTES! Maybe if the Dems can hammer this aspect of the GOP platform every single time one of them speaks it might wake up some of the people this crap affects.

  15. Good idea, now talk to Big Pharma about loss of profits due to the GOP making birth control illegal. Taking that angle might actually get somewhere.

  16. Bingo! You’ve nailed it, DJ. The mumbling we’re hearing from some GOPTea’ers is about them being so pro-women that they want birth control to be OTC. They proudly claim there is no war on women because they support birth control! *eyeroll*

    Of course, the reality is much different. If birth control was offered OTC then insurance companies would no longer cover it and women would be left trying to come up with hundreds of dollars a month to purchase it on their own, which will greatly reduce the number of woman who can use it.

    They can’t make it illegal so they are trying to make it insanely cost prohibitive.

  17. To all who dislike the way the thugs are forcing women to seek back ally care. I urge you to call their offices do not just e-mail or send letters (CALL)
    here are the phone numbers of the two who recently placed the latest bill.
    Trent Franks
    Marsha Blackburn
    The only way to defeat these so called Christians, is to use all means available.
    They also should be confronted with their own beliefs, and live by them.
    Come on Folks, Hit the phones make their life miserable with calls. It is possible
    that they might read that old Bible they so wish to place upon everyone.

    They want to live by the old testament, let them live by it….
    Gen1:V 30
    Gen2:V 7
    Job33:V 4

  18. This is so hypocritical. The ACA(obamacare)was the largest takeover of freedom by big government democrats in the history of our country. And talk about disenfranchising voters, by calling them stupid? How can you say that to women who voted and then expect them to vote for a tunnel focused agenda. We need dialog not hate speech. Just sayin.
    “Beware of Democrats Bearing Swords and Daggers.”

  19. Take over of freedom by the government? We need facts not your lies and distortions
    If the Affordable Care Act weren’t working, the GOP wouldn’t be trying to break it

    So you want to take away tax credits from 9 million people? Fine when you say you want to take away tax credits from 159 million who get their insurance and tax credits through employers then you can talk about FREEDUMB. So in the meantime be quiet till you get your facts straight. DUMMY

  20. This is a great start. But where is your civil discourse? All I can hear are words of hate and despise. But I am a patient person and will allow abuse. Hope you have a great day.

  21. I have none for you CONS. From the beginning of time you have enslaved people, you take from the poor and give to the rich but most of all you’re liars

  22. You make general statements about people you do not even know. I’ll tell you a secret.
    I serve homeless people food at the food line for free. I have given money to families for food and clothes who had none.
    I have helped build homes for people who could not afford one. I served in our community to maintain playgrounds and parks for kids.

    And you know what? It is always a great experience and so I do it again and again.

    Again have a wonderful day.

  23. The Republicans have been quite vocal for years as to where they want to take this country. So, anyone who voted for them and regrets it, as well as anyone who wasn’t prevented from voting but didn’t vote, has no room for complaints. The handwriting has been on the wall for a long time, and people chose to ignore it. I get so sick and tired of people blaming the president when they either don’t take the time to vote for folks who have a more immediate and direct impact on their lives than a president does. I also get sick and tired of folks who vote against their own interests for politicians who make it crystal clear that they plan to jam them, and then blame presidents.

  24. I really don’t care what you claimed to have done. When your first statement is the ACA is a government takeover that shows me 1. You have no idea what the ACA is and 2. You are spouting Reich wing and fox lies about it . In my book that makes you ignorant

  25. May I recommend insisting that your elected representation, both at local and State level, use their power to make such services unnecessary?

    Poverty tourism from other countries is getting embarrassing. People travel to America to stare at our impoverished citizens and marvel at how far we have fallen. And how quickly.

    If your elected representatives were more interested in humanity than economy, we would not have to cower in fear from shadowy ‘terrorists.’

    Our next generation would be able to take part in world affairs beyond being cannon fodder for corporate interests.

    And Humanity and ‘morality’ are 2 different animals. You can’t legislate ‘morality.’ You can make inhumanity a crime.

  26. You sound like the typical self righteous idiot…..from the very very self deceiving Christian rethug far right. Lying for GOd are you, which makes you feel superior?

  27. WOW!! You must have broken your arm patting self on back.
    Question: you do know what the scriptures say about doing good don’t you?
    It say something about doing good in secret and expecting no praise, because if you don’t you have already been given your reward in this world, nothing is left for the next.

  28. I a so scared. What will happen if we stay with a congress totally controlled by Republicans, and then get a Republican president in 2016? My only choice then will be to move to Canada where the intelligent people live. So sad and so very afraid of my own beloved America.

  29. Is your intention for the charitable work you’ve cited compassion for another, salvation for yourself, a combination, or something else?

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